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The Impact of Office Machinery and Computer Capital on the Demand for Heterogeneous Labour

  • Falk, Martin

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    (WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research)

  • Koebel, Bertrand

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    (Louis Pasteur University Strasbourg)

We study the impact of office and computing machinery (OCM) on the demands for workers with different educational levels. The empirical analysis relies on a system of demand equations that nests the translog, the generalised Leontief and the normalised quadratic specifications. Using panel data on 35 German industries, we find little evidence for a robust substitutability relationship between unskilled workers and OCM capital in manufacturing industries. In the non-manufacturing sector, however, we find some evidence for substitutability between OCM capital and unskilled workers.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 873.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics , 2004, 11 (1), 99-117
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp873
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